As the article puts it, Dave Edwards, a Wyoming state representative who died this year, (and who is described as having a larger-than-life personality; you know how much gaffawing and backslapping you’d have to carry out to stand out in a state like Wyoming?) had a real thing for jackalopes. So much so he introduced a bill to have them observed as the official mythical creature of Wyoming. The bill died, but it’s being championed again in Edwards’ honor by his colleagues. It’s pretty much a sure thing it’s going to pass.
I’d like to have a jackalope license plate, sure, so I hope Wyoming passes the bill. But my real takeaway was that jackalopes are much bigger than I had realized. According to Rep. Edwards’ daughter, who is ostensibly more familiar with jackalopes than me:
“They’re pretty much the size of a pony. A saddle wouldn’t fit them so you have to be really crafty about riding them.”